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International Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Key information

Subject area:

Public Policy, Politics & Security

Course type:

Executive Education

Credit level:


Credit value:



4 weeks

Available course dates:

From: 04 March 2025 To: 28 March 2025
Application deadline: 04 February 2024

Course overview

Conflict is a key feature of international politics and all social relations. It manifests in many forms and understanding the nature of conflict and, more importantly, the steps to resolution is paramount to government officials.

This module focuses on building the conceptual tools necessary for conflict analysis as well as providing insights into the process of conflict resolution and mediation. Through examining the causes, dynamics and options for resolution, you will be provided with a comprehensive overview of key themes in conflict analysis. These will be common themes, applicable in different contexts including political, corporate and public domains. By drawing on prominent recent and historical examples, we will illustrate these themes as they play out in real-world settings.

What does this course cover?

Week 1: An overview of conflict

The first week will provide a conceptual introduction to conflict. We will focus on the different types and manifestations of conflict as well as the drivers that influence conflict dynamics.

Week 2: Examining strategies

The second week will focus on examining the strategies of parties in conflict through exploring some of the key strategic concepts and their application in an adversarial setting.

Week 3: Evaluating democratic innovations

The final week will focus on conflict resolution and explores methods such as negotiations and mediation among other means.

What will I achieve?

Upon completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Develop analytical skills that can be applied in a business, government or the third sector (non-governmental organisations) setting to analyse international conflicts.
  • Make informed assessment of dynamics and future of conflict
  • Evaluate strategies for conflict resolutions and mediation applicable in different situations.

Who will I learn with?

Wyn Bowen

Wyn Bowen

Professor of Non-Proliferation and International Security

Hassan Elbahtimy

Hassan Elbahtimy

Senior Lecturer

Olga Siemers

Olga Siemers

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

Who is this for?

This short course is for mid-career professionals. Standard entry requirements are a 2:1 degree plus 3 years of relevant work experience. Applicants without a 2:1 or higher degree are welcome to apply and typically require 5+ years of relevant work experience.

How will I be assessed?

One written assignment, plus participation in webinars and discussion forums.

Our modules offer high levels of interaction with regular points of assessment and feedback. Each four week module is worth five Master's level academic credits and includes three webinars with a King's lecturer and peer group of global professionals.

What is the teaching schedule?

Format: Fully online, plus 3 x 1-hour weekly webinars

This module has been designed specifically for an online audience. It uses a range of interactive activities to support learning including discussion forums, online readings, interactive lectures videos and online tutorials.

Fees and discounts

Tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Further information

Module Creators

Professor Wyn Bowen, Head of School for the School of Security Studies, King’s College London, comprising the Defence Studies Department and the Department of War Studies. From April 2014 to August 2016, he was Head of Department/Dean of Academic Studies of the Defence Studies Department, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) at the UK Defence Academy.Dr Hassan ElbahtimyLecturer in Science and Security

Hassan Elbahtimy is a Lecturer in Science and Security at the War Studies Department. He is associate researcher at the Nuclear Knowledge Programme at the University of Sciences Po (France). He is convener of the Global Nuclear Order Working Group at the British International Studies Association (BISA) and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Please note that this is only indicative information. Lecturers and course content are subject to change. Please contact us directly for the most recent information.

Course status:


Full fee £1200

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